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    Red Claw

Appearances: TV series

Species: Sharptooth (Tyrannosaurus rex)

Voiced by: Pete Sepenuk

An uncommonly powerful Tyrannosaurus who's terrorizing the mysterious beyond and attempts to attack the gang on their adventures. It's because of him that Ruby and Chomper were forced to leave their families and seek refuge in the Great Valley.

  • The Dreaded: He's so feared in the Mysterious Beyond that Chomper's parents— two capable sharpteeth who were able to defeat the vicious Plated Sharptooth— sent their only son to the Great Valley to be safe from him.
  • Expy: Of the original Sharptooth. Just like the original sharptooth, Red Claw causes such widespread fear that even other sharpteeth try to keep away from him. Also telling is his one discolored eye, likely a reference to the original sharptooth getting stabbed in the eye with a thorn.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a long scar going from the top of his head to his left index finger, which culminates in his red claw. How he managed to get cut in that fashion is never explained, though.
  • Informed Ability: He's said to be one of the biggest, baddest Sharpteeth of all time, but he's constantly defeated by a group of children...though said children have a long record of beating Sharptooth. That said, he's never shown to be nearly as vicious as the original sharptooth.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: While it can be assumed he’s still an active threat in the Mysterious Beyond given that Chomper and Ruby are still taking refuge in the Great Valley, he is neither seen or mentioned in Journey of the Brave despite most of the movie occurring where he usually prowls.

    Screech and Thud

Appearances: TV series

Species: Fast Biter (Deinonychus)

Screech voiced by: Pete Sepenuk

Thud voiced by: Rob Paulsen

Two fast biters who work in tandem with Red Claw to capture prey.

  • Evil Is Dumb: Ironically for raptors, they don't seem very bright.
  • Evil Minions: Both of them serve as lackeys for Red Claw.
  • I Shall Taunt You: In the episode Escape from the Mysterious Beyond Thud gets trapped on a rock outcrop created by an earthquake with Chomper and Ducky. A rock on his tail prevents him from getting at them, and in between trying in vain to stretch far enough to reach them he taunts Chomper in the sharptooth language to try to break his spirit, mocking him for his size, his friendship to a leaf eater, and for thinking he has even the slightest chance of protecting Ducky from him once he gets freed.
  • Makes Us Even: Not long after Chomper helps free him from a pile of rocks, Thud finds him and the rest of the gang trapped inside a small cave near a canyon wall. Instead of alerting Screech and Red Claw, he leads them in the opposite direction of where the kids are hiding.
  • Raptor Attack: Besides lacking feathers, they have two fingers instead of three, making them look more like small tyrannosaurs. They do subvert one aspect of the raptor stereotype, though—they're not very smart.

    Ruby's Parents

Appearances: "The Star Day Celebration" (flashback) | "Return to Hanging Rock''

Species: Fast Runner (Oviraptor)

Mother voiced by: Nika Futterman

Father voiced by: Rob Paulsen

A fast runner couple trying their best to get by in the harsh living environment of the Mysterious Beyond. They have three children, the eldest of which is Ruby. They live in the Mysterious Beyond and away from their daughter in the Great Valley, but are able to meet her in times of crises at a meeting point called Hanging Rock.

  • A World Half Full: On top of entrusting Ruby to look after Chomper, they also tell her to try to learn as much as she can about how the Great Valley has allowed so many different kinds of dinosaurs to peacefully coexist, seemingly believing it's possible for the Mysterious Beyond to become more like the Great Valley.
  • Cryptic Background Reference:
    • It's never clearly explained why they're unable to join their daughter in the Great Valley, although it may have something to do with them both being adult omnivores.
    • They already know Chomper before he and Ruby set off to live in the Great Valley, and it's implied that they also know Chomper's parents. How the two families came to know each other and trust each other enough to send their children together to the Great Valley is unknown.
  • Good Parents: It's clear that they both love Ruby and deeply miss her, and are tearful when they briefly reunite with her in Return to Hanging Rock. Ruby herself is shown to get severely homesick when they're not around.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Ruby looks almost identical to her mother, while her two siblings look just like their father.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Ruby's mother is the same shade of pink as her daughter, while Ruby's father is a dark shade of purple.
  • Walking the Earth: They're unable to stay in any one place for very long in the Mysterious Beyond due to the danger posed by Red Claw.


Appearances: "The Brave Longneck Scheme"

Species: Longneck (Apatosaurus)

Voiced by: Elizabeth Daily

A compulsive liar who dazzles Ali with fake stories about his past bravery.

  • Break the Haughty: He brags that sharpteeth fear him... until he has to deal with an actual one. And said actual sharptooth isn't even bigger than him.
  • Dirty Coward: The exact instant he's faced with a real sharptooth, he turns tail and runs. What makes this different from the other characters is that this sharptooth was about a tenth his size.
  • Easily Forgiven: Ali doesn't seem too upset with Rhett for making up stories about his bravery. At worst, she seems to be just disappointed.
  • Expy: A brown-colored, green-eyed jerk who brags about his bravery to impress the blue-eyed female friend of the red-eyed hero. Are we talking about Rhett? Or Ronno from Bambi II? Even their names start with the same letter and have five letters in them.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The gang’s offer to include Rhett in their games even after all he’s done seems to dispel any remaining hard feelings between them and he appears to become their friend and a more genuine friend to Ali by the episode’s end.
  • Malicious Misnaming: He calls Littlefoot "Littleneck" when the latter questions his bravery.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He brags about outlandish feats of strength and bravery to impress people. Littlefoot and Cera aren't fooled by Rhett's stories, but Ali is.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When he's faced with Chomper who is posing as a vicious sharptooth, he immediately makes a break for it and even says "I'm gettin' out of here!".

    Horned Gophers

Appearances: "Stranger from the Mysterious Above"

Species: Ceratogaulus

Voiced by: Rob Paulsen (Milo) | Anndi McAfee (Lydia) | Meghan Strange (Plower)

Three mammals that live in the caves underneath the Great Valley. Appear in Stranger from the Mysterious Above.

  • Anachronism Stew: Ceratogaulus or horned gophers lived from the Milocene to the Pleistocene, after the dinosaurs became extinct.
  • Nay-Theist: Plower was initially skeptical that Spike was "The Big Wise One", but becomes convinced when Spike inadvertently defeats the Great Hideous Beast.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Probably the first time you see horned gophers in a cartoon.

    Great Hideous Beast

Appearances: "Stranger from the Mysterious Above"

Species: Microceratus

Voiced by: Dorian Harewood

A creature that terrorizes the denizens of the caves underneath the Great Valley. Appears in Stranger from the Mysterious Above

  • Harmless Villain: While he’s played up to be a big threat by the cave dwellers, when he actually appears he’s laughably ineffectual and the object of constant misfortune.
  • Killer Rabbit: Subverted. Due to his tiny size he can barely pose a threat to Spike, who defeats him and traps him in a rock pile by mere accident.
  • The Napoleon: Ostensibly villainous and destructive, and yet a shot towards the end of the episode shows that he’s even tinier than Ducky.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Unlike the other ceratopsians in the series, he has a visible keratin covering on his beak.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He flees upon seeing Spike again on the surface, not forgetting about their previous encounter.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Microceratus rarely shows up in Dinosaur Media, let alone cartoons.
  • The Voiceless: He doesn’t talk, despite apparently being a leaf eater who eats the same kind of food as the cave dwellers. He mostly just communicates through disgruntled body language.


Appearances: "The Lone Dinosaur Returns"

Species: Longneck (Diplodocus)

Voiced by: Susan Blu

A kindly old female longneck who travels with Doc. She appears in the TV episode The Lone Dinosaur Returns.

  • Cool Old Lady: Appears to be around Doc’s age, and unlike Doc has no prejudices towards Chomper before or after he plays a big part in her rescue from the tar pits.
  • Damsel in Distress: After Doc spends most of the episode trying to find her, Chomper eventually tracks her down with his keen sense of smell only to discover that she has become trapped in what appears to be one the same tar pits the kids themselves nearly drown in during the second film.
  • Fantastic Racism: Averted. While she is, like most dinosaurs, initially surprised to meet a talking sharptooth, she doesn't have the immediate negative reaction to Chomper that Doc does. After he helps to rescue her, she even plays a big part in helping change Doc's opinion of the little guy.
  • Love Interest: Heavily implied to be one for Doc.
  • Southern Belle: She has a pronounced southern accent.


Appearances: "March of the Sand Creepers"

Species: Sand Creeper (unspecified crustacean)

Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson

An obstinate crab with the ability to speak the leaf-eater language.

  • Expy: A greedy, confrontational crab with long eyestalks, a pirate accent, a penchant for telling stories, and a chortling laugh? All he's missing is a burger-joint.
  • Hate at First Sight: Cera starts off by being the most reluctant of the gang at having to ask for Scuttle’s help and quickly grows to resent him more and more as the episode goes on, not that any of the other kids become very fond of him either.
  • Jerkass: He clearly takes advantage of the kids’ need for his translation abilities and sends them on dangerous fetch quests for his favorite food, one of which so very nearly kills Cera via a whirlpool that Littlefoot and Petrie are momentarily seen mourning her apparent death. By the end of the episode he doesn’t really change or learn his lesson: he’s still a stuck up, ornery crustacean that Cera in particular can’t wait to see leave.
  • Motor Mouth: Once his mouth gets going, it never seems to stop. As Cera observes:
    Cera: Oh, great. He not only talks, he talks too much.
  • Omniglot: He's apparently the only crab capable of communicating with dinosaurs.
  • Rambling Old Man Monologue: Some of the gang are tasked to stay behind to humor Scuttle’s need for an audience for his long winded stories while the rest search for the water greens. Chomper and Ruby try to make a mad dash to volunteer to be a part of the search team to avoid being Scuttle’s designated listeners, but Cera beats them to the punch, much to their dismay.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Because Scuttle is the only person capable of communicating with the sand creepers that have infested the Great Valley, the gang can't afford to refuse his requests. But as Scuttle keeps asking for more favors, the gang's patience rapidly wanes — especially Cera's.
  • You Can Talk?: The kids regularly hang out with a talking Sharptooth, and even they are dumbstruck when they hear a crab suddenly speaking to them.


Appearances: "March of the Sand Creepers"

Species: Sand Creeper (unspecified crustacean)

A yellow crab that attacks Spike.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Spike, despite Ducky thinking otherwise. Crunch keeps snapping painfully onto Spike's nose whenever the oppertunity presents itself. Spike eventually gets so irritated that he chases Crunch out of the valley.
  • Jerkass: He seems to painfully pinch Spike for no reason other than for his own amusement.
  • The Voiceless: Like every sand creeper sans Scuttle, he can’t speak, and can only really communicate via clicks or, in Spike’s case, pinches.


Appearances: "The Hermit of Black Rock"

Species: Flyer (unspecified pterosaur)

Voiced by: Jess Harnell

A blind old flier who's lived for years in a cave at Black Rock. He eventually settles in the Great Valley after being guided there by Petrie and Guido.

  • Cloudcuckoolander: All those years of living as a hermit (and possibly as well as his blindness) have caused him to become acquainted with some cave formations, even giving them names. This is even lampshaded by Guido.
  • Cool Old Guy: A friendly old flyer who befriends Petrie and Guido and helps them get back home.
  • Ptero Soarer: He looks like a Pteranodon with a Rhamphorhynchus-like tail. The fan wiki identifies him as a Harpactognathus, a real pterosaur that did look like that, but that could just be a lucky accident.


Appearances: "Return to Hanging Rock"

Species: unspecified multituberculate

Voiced by: Rob Paulsen

A fast talking mammal who lives by himself and claims to know the Mysterious Beyond like the back of his paw. He eventually agrees to leave his solitary life behind and live in the Great Valley.

  • Distressed Dude: Ruby, Chomper, Ducky, and Spike save him from a fire caused by a small asteroid impact. It’s after this that Ruby suggests that he come with them and live in the Great Valley.
  • Helium Speech: And he resembles a chipmunk to boot.
  • Keet: He always seems to have boundless energy. As Chomper observes:
    Chomper: He moves almost as fast as he talks!
  • Motor Mouth: Speaks way too much for his own good.
  • Parental Abandonment: He claims Red Claw chased his family away, although its subtly implied that he isn't sure whether Red Claw merely 'chased' them away.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Quite possibly the only multituberculate in the history of animation.


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